Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
Gino Canlas, our Alföldi-Rosenbaum Fellow this year speak on the subject of dissertation research. He is a doctoral student at the University of British Columbia. In his lecture, entitled “The Goddess on Horseback: the Spread of the Cult of the Thessalian Goddess Enodia”, he will explore the archaeological and epigraphical data for this unique regional deity who carried a torch. Originally restricted to eastern Thessaly, Enodia became one of the most important Thessalian deities in the 4th century BC and her cult spread throughout Thessaly and beyond. This lecture will revisit the previous scholarship on the cult and discuss the reasons for its spread by examining the evidence for the nature of the cult in and out of Thessaly.
Some effects of the "Greek Economic Crisis" on access to archaeological sites and museums
Archaeology in the Mediterranean basin frequently has a contentious relationship with construction activities and, especially, with large scale development projects. The long history of habitation, combined with the substantial architectural remains of Greek, and more so Roman and later, urbanism has created a landscape densely populated with archaeological remains. While many are known, many more archaeological sites await discovery. These antiquities are among the prominent drawing cards that the national tourist organizations use to lure visitors to their countries. The monumental public and religious architecture of an imperial Roman city is particularly impressive and photogenic.
For Greece, its long and rich past, as Prof. Dr. Yiannis Hamilakis (University of Southhampton) and others have argued, has been used repeatedly in its modern history to define its national identity and to support its status in the international community. The ruins of “Classical” Greece, where democracy was born and the people ruled, are presented as timeless exemplars of the many remarkable achievements that ancient Greek culture gave to western civilization. The extensive network of archaeological sites and museums that the Greek state has developed throughout the country over the past half century provides visitors and citizens alike with many potential opportunities to interact with this rich and diverse cultural heritage.
As I pointed out last year the economic crisis that has engulfed Greece since 2009 has had collateral damage to almost every aspect of life here, in particular services. Few ministries have been spared from reductions in their budgets and employees. The Ministry of Education, Religious Affairs, Culture and Sport through its General Secretariat of Culture is responsible for cultural heritage, in general, and archaeological sites and museums, in particular. Staff shortages have resulted in the temporary closing of many of the regional museums and of the smaller archaeological sites. Shorter opening hours are the norm for those that remain open. The National Museum in Athens and the Archaeological Museum in Thessaloniki do not have all of their galleries open on each day. The campaigns of the Ministry of Tourism to draw tourists here to invigorate the economy are set against the reduction of the access to the touted cultural heritage by another Ministry. A workable model for long-term sustainability is needed for Greece’s cultural heritage and the sectors of the economy dependent upon it.
In Thessaloniki there is a dispute now over what to do with some spectacular architectural remains that have been found underneath the streets during the construction of the city’s Metro. This city has a long, vibrant history stretching from the Hellenistic period to the present. Under the Roman Empire and its Byzantine successor the city was a major center in southeastern Europe with important political, administrative and economic functions. As a result all of the features of Roman and Early Byzantine urbanism were present: orthogonal grid layout, agora, forum, odeion, imperial palace, hippodrome, theater, marble-paved portico streets with shops behind, triumphal arch, tetrapylon, rotunda, mosaic floors, Christian basilicas, etc. These are the type of ruins that tourists go to Turkey, Jordan, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, Syria and Lebanon to see.
Association of Greek Archaeologists have started a petition campaign to reverse the recommendation to bolster the other efforts in Thessaloniki. There is a facebook group, “ΝΑ ΣΩΣΟΥΜΕ ΤΟ ΙΣΤΟΡΙΚΟ ΚΕΝΤΡΙΚΟ ΣΤΑΥΡΟΔΡΟΜΙ ΤΗΣ ΘΕΣΣΑΛΟΝΙΚΗΣ” that is supporting this effort as well. It appears that almost 8,000 individuals have signed the petition so far. Check out this preservation conundrum and follow your conscience.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
This year’s theme is Revolutions and Revelations. Prof. Benjamin Kelly (York University) will give the keynote address entitled “Punishing Revolution: Repressing Riots, Revolts, and Rebellions in the Roman World”. Our undergraduate intern from the fall, Rachel Dewan (Wilfrid Laurier University) will give a paper entitled “Into the West: The Development of Greek Colonization, Archaic Trade Networks, and Ethnic Relations at Pithekoussai”. Go Rachel!!!
The conference will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2013, from 9:30 am to 4:45 pm at the Sankey Chamber on the Brock University campus. For more information you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. So, if you are in the Niagara Peninsula on Saturday, climb up the Niagara escarpment and see what the next generation of North American archaeologists and classicists are up to in their research efforts!
The 2012/13 lecture program of the Sillogos Filon tou Istorikou Archeiou tis Archaiologikis Ipiresias continues on Monday, February 18th with a lecture in Greek by Stavroula Masouridi, an archaeologist working at Directorate of the National Archive of Monuments (General Secretariat of Culture – MEDTHPA). Her lecture, using the archives of the Historical Archive, focuses on the work of the archaeologists associated with British School of Archaeology at sites such as Mycenae and Knossos during the 1930s and 1940s and their interactions with their Greek archaeologist colleagues.
The lecture will be at 6:30 PM at the Historical Archive at Odos Psaromylingou 22 near Odos Peiraeos on the border of Kerameikos and Psyrri. The Thesion Electric Train station is close by. See you there!
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Friday, February 8, 2013
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Come and join us for an injection of pure, unadulterated Canadian content into your thirsty soul!!!
The Institute is an organization that was founded in 1974 to support and to promote the research interests of Canadian scholars in Greece as well as to facilitate the interactions of Canadians and Greeks on a bicultural level. The Institute’s membership comes from a mixture of institutional and individual members throughout Canada. I am pleased to announce that our institutional ranks in the Province of Quebec have been joined by John Abbott College (or CEGEP John Abbott) as a Category B institutional member. Professor William (Bill) Russell of the Department of History and Classics is the organizing force here. We welcome them warmly to CIG and look forward to working with Bill, his colleagues and their students.
The Institute now has 13 Category A and 3 Category B Institutional members. We encourage other academic institutions in Quebec as well as in the other provinces to swell our ranks!
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013
Kalo Mina! It is hard to believe that February is upon us already! That means that the 2013 Winter/Spring Program of the Athens Association of Friends of CIG will commence shortly. We have three interesting and different events planned for our loyal friends and supporters.
It should be noted that the group will be limited to a maximum of 30 persons, and each participant will be charged €3.50 for the tour. You can reserve your place by calling 210 7223201 or emailing email@example.com. The places on the tour will be allocated strictly on a first-come, first-served basis.
We look forward to seeing our friends and supporters at these events. Please tell your friends and colleagues about these opportunities for enlightenment!